Department of Choral Studies presents “A Baroque Concert”

Jennifer Ndulaka, Campus Currents

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Baton Rouge Magnet High Department of Choral Studies presented their 33rd annual Christmas concert at St. Joseph Cathedral on December 5.

The concert featured the Festival Singers and Ringers, Choral Union, Choralaires, Gleecians, and Le Petit Choeur de Filles, which lasted for two hours.

The concert began with Mahajebin Haque and Joshua Ford lighting the candle of Candelabras.

The Choral Union then began the concert in the rear of the cathedral singing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” a 9th Century chant, “Angelus Ad Virginem,” “Coventry Carol,” “Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming,” and “Choral Fanfare” by choir teacher Robbie Giroir. They walked to the altar singing ” Tollite Hostias.”

The whole Cathedral was nearly filled despite a traffic jam on I-10 and inclement weather.

Aside from the spotlight on the choir, the rest of the cathedral was pitch black empasizing the focus on the choir alone.

The choir sang the major work “In Nativitatem Domini Canticum” which includes nearly 700 bars of music. Throughout, the piece featured 11 solos.

Following the Choral Union were the Festival Ringers who played “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson on handbells.

The Le Petit Choeur De Filles performed three pieces “Hodie Christus Natus Est,” “Heaven Haven,” and “Gaudate! Gaudate!”

The Gleecians performed “Corde Natus” and “Ave Maria”.

The Choralaires perfomed “Lauda Sion.” The Festival Singers proceeded from the rear of the cathedral to the front singing “Il Est ne le Divin Enfant”. Following, the Choral Union came together singing “To Thee, Cherubim and Seraphim” by G.F. Handel.

Giroir invited the audience to stand and join the choir singing “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

Then donations were collected to help fund the Choral Department’s trip to the Netherlands.

BRHS choral alumni from the audience joined the Choral Union to sing “Joy to the World.”

Two more pieces were performed before the Choral Union proceeded to the rear of the Cathedral with candles singing “Sussex Carol” and a unique version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

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